Today, The Vancouver Sun's Gillian Burnett reported a massive fire has destroyed a still-under-construction six-storey building that was "to have been the first development to take advantage of controversial B.C. building-code changes allowing higher wood construction." Public Eye has extensively investigated the concerns surrounding such buildings - which, in the United Kingdom, have included the vulnerability of their construction sites to fire. Indeed, according to a report released late last year by the Greater London Authority, "The effects of fire on large timber frame construction sites are significantly greater due to the large amount of exposed wood, the rapid spread and the radiated heat that can impact on surrounding buildings. All this can affect the ability of fire fighters to tackle the blaze."
May 4, 2011